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Paula Radcliffe quotes

I cry all the time.

You can be strong and true to yourself without being rude or loud.

It's important that athletes can compete on a level playing field. And youngsters coming into the sport can know that if they are working hard and training hard, they'll see a true reflection of where they stand and what they can achieve worldwide and not be swayed by people who are cheating.

I am not driven by any bitterness by what happened in Athens. I learnt a lot of lessons from it and probably came through it a stronger person in the end. There have been a lot of near misses, and that's taught me to keep persevering and that there is a chance it can come right.

There's always going to be somebody who takes a dislike to you and you can't waste time worrying about it.

If I start planning then that's dangerous because then I have a target that I'm blinkered towards and I won't listen to the warning signs quite so much. I'd rather be in shape and then look around and say there's a race next week and jump into that than have it planned.

You can wish as hard as you like but all that really matters is the shape you're in on the day of the race. I've always felt these really big races aren't necessarily won by whoever is the fastest. They're won by the athlete who is the smartest and in the best shape on the day.

Never set limits, go after your dreams, don't be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot - it's good for you!

Yeah, ideally, I'd probably wish to be more anonymous. But scrutiny and success go together. And I want to be successful.

Actually I don't choose to expose myself in public. I choose to compete; the other side just comes with the package.

As an athlete, there are advantages being with a team and getting regular physio.

At big championships it's not the fastest person, it's the person who gets it right on the day.

Every time I go out and race it's a goal to go out and run faster than I've done before.

For an athlete, the biggest pressure comes from within. You know what you want to do and what you're capable of.

From my training I can get a good idea of what I'm capable of.

I actually got a nice surprise about being a mother because I expected it to be harder and to have to make more adaptations.

I am not going to let Athens affect the rest of my life.

I apologise to people when I need to.

I can swim I'm not bad, but not great.

I can't imagine living and not running.